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Van Dyke's Salamander (Plethodon vandykei)

Created: February 9th, 2018 - 10:20 PM
Last Modified: February 17th, 2018 - 08:04 PM
Entered by: Evan Mehta
Record 294336
Country:
United States
State:
Washington
County:
Grays Harbor County
Time:
2013-12-31 00:00:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Varying
Sex:
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Notes

Initially, I identified this as a melanistic Western Red-backed Salamander, but several key features point toward Van Dyke's. The toes are noticeably webbed, and the salamander possesses prominent paratoid glands.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/be/P._vandykei_from_Willapa_Hills%2C_Washington.jpg
The head profile of the salamander in the image above is almost identical to this one, so that's why I'm sure this is a Van Dyke's and not a Red-backed.

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